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55-3118 — - #1 C-135 taken back in 1986. Aircraft now resides at McConnell AFB as a gate guard.
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55-3118 —


#1 C-135 taken back in 1986. Aircraft now resides at McConnell AFB as a gate guard.


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oh beautiful photo!! beautiful !!
Jim Quinn
Was this one of the SAC Airborne Command Post aircraft?
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Jim, no not this one. Mostly associated with TAC and the deployment of fighter dets overseas. It wears the TAC badge with a lightning bolt thru it in this photo.
The airborne command posts and Elint's were variants of the C-137, which was a direct relation to the 707, while the C-135's were related to the Boeing 367-80 jet prototype. It has a narrower fuselage and is shorter than the 707.
I have worked on this A/C at TAFB during PDM. I was in Avionics. Easy to remember the polished aluminum.
Bobby Allison
This was actually the first KC-135A off the assembly line. It was known as the "City of Renton". That's a great catch!! It was converted into an EC-135K airborne command post.
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